Ever since 1913, when Chicago-based Ashland Manufacturing started making baseball gloves, Wilson has been a part of the American fabric. They are a true American icon in the world of baseball. With players such as Clayton Kershaw, Miguel Cabrera, and Jose Altuve (to name a few) donning Wilson gloves, the company continues to cement their iconic status.
Two of their best-known glove models -- A2K and A2000 -- continue to be well-known. JustBallGloves.com reviews the differences between Wilson's most popular glove models.
First of all, the high-level explanation of each glove series is important.
Wilson A2000 gloves were introduced in 1957 as a premium ball glove. The A2000 combines craftsmanship, long-lasting break-in, and added protection technology that eliminates sting and provides a satisfying feel. Major Leaguers like Robinson Cano, Carlos Correa, and Clayton Kershaw use these gloves.
Wilson A2K gloves are a newer series. It's constructed with the best ball glove leather in the world. A2K glove technicians at Wilson meticulously handcraft each A2K glove, so the gloves are considered the most premium available. These models have been used by MLBers, such as Jose Altuve, Mookie Betts, and Dustin Pedroia.
While both glove series are high-quality, feature Wilson's signature patterns, and patent dual-welting, they're not the same. Here are the main differences between the A2K and A2000 gloves:
- Price -- With three times more hand-shaping by master technicians, A2Ks are more expensive than A2000 gloves. The average cost of a new Wilson A2K glove is $360, whereas a new A2000 is $260.
- Leather -- A2000 gloves use American steerhide, Pro Stock leather for a more workman-like feel. A2K gloves are made from Pro Stock Select leather that is three times thicker, stronger, and tighter; thus, softer.
- Liner -- A2Ks own a softer liner, so it tends to be more comfortable. A2000s are comfortable and usually have a Dri-Lex wrist lining, but A2K does the same while softening even more.
- Craftsmanship -- Wilson glove technicians spend 3x more time on A2K crafting than A2000. The extra time is noticeable with A2Ks softer leather and less time to break-in.
- Durability -- A2000 gloves are highly-regarded for a reason. That said, A2K (due to craftsmanship and leather) are known for their long-term durability.
These are the main differences. Despite the Wilson A2K being a more high-end model with superior leather and craftsmanship, customers and MLB players prefer the Wilson A2000 glove. The reasons vary, but the A2000 series has been around for 60 years, they're less expensive, and MLB players usually have Wilson glove technicians breaking-in their baseball gloves anyway. Reasons JustBallGloves.com customers prefer the Wilson A2000 glove?
- Popularity -- A2000 gloves have been used since 1957. More players own them, so the brand awareness is stronger than the A2K.
- Price -- A2K gloves use higher end leathers and superior craftsmanship. This makes for a better glove, but customers prefer the $100+ savings for an also-quality A2000.
- Quantity -- A2000 gloves are available in different categories (A2000 Fastpitch models), positions, and new Super Skin gloves. Simply, there are not as many A2K choices.
Both the A2000 and A2K are top-of-the-line gloves from Wilson. Have you used one of these gloves before? What is your opinion? Let us know in the comments below.
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